If a bird could vote, this one would be first in line .... or maybe the last. After all, this coot could use its wings to get from here to there a bit faster.

The coot is the size of duck, but it is not a duck. It doesn't have webbed feet and is apparently more closely related to the Sand Hill Crane, according to Cornell authorities. The bird's lifespan is sometimes over 20 years. (That would be an old coot.)

This is one of the many birds floating (and running) in the waters of the ponds at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. It's a very nice place to go when you're tired of all the politickin' going on around you. Though it looks like some of the frenetic energy has crept in ... at least with this coot.

But, floating is nice, too. So, go vote and then you can relax.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. and KLYQ 1240 AM will have results when they become available on the radio and at klyq.com. In Ravalli County, we still use paper ballots, but they're counted by machine, so the results will be later than other areas of the country, but we are hoping for final numbers before midnight. If you need more information about registration and voting, check the Montana Secretary of State's website.

Coot in the pond. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)